Behind the Scenes of Miss DC International 2011

The Miss DC International Pageant took place last Saturday at THEARC Theater in Southeast. DC Fab! caught up with Chance C. Jackson, our very own correspondent and the second runner-up, who gave us the inside scoop of what we down behind the scenes:
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“Two minutes before it was time to enter the stage for my evening gown walk, my dress got caught under my high heel, causing the bottom of it to rip.
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“When I bent down to look at it, I noticed another rip. So without thinking twice, I grabbed the scissors and just started cutting. Luckily, the gown was long enough so it was not that obvious.
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“With thirty seconds left to enter the stage, I had to cross my fingers and say a quick prayer that my heel would not get caught again causing me to tumble onstage. When women fall in pageants it always makes the show more drama-filled and interesting. However, I knew Saturday was not the night for that!

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“When it was my turn to enter the stage, I exited gracefully. All I could say was two words, Thank God.
“With minutes left before they announced the winner, I paced back and forth backstage with my hands folded behind my back. My eyes were  sweeping the floor. My peripheral sight grew narrow. I had entered my tunnel vision state of mind. I contemplated on my purpose in life. I thought about all the reasons why I wanted to participate in the Miss DC International Pageant and how I wanted to use my God-given knowledge and wisdom to promote my platform: “Transforming Mirrors into Windows: Promoting Leadership in Youth Education.” I knew all of my hard work had paid off, whether I won or not.
“With the love of my friends, family, and all my supporters, I had already won just for having the courage to participate and give the very best of me.
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“The countdown to announce the winner began and we all lined up, entered the stage, and waited anxiously for the winners to be called. I took a deep breath. My name was the first to be called, placing me as second runner-up. The next young woman called was Katori Brown, who placed first runner-up. Lastly, the moment we had all been waiting for: Allison Hill’s name was called and she was crowned and is now your Miss DC International 2011.
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“All of the women did a fabulous job and had the brains to accompany the beauty! For my first pageant, I was just humble and blessed to place in the contest. Although I did not win, it was a priceless experience that I would definitely do again. However, next time, I plan to go out with a win.”
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Congrats Chance!